Hawaii Photos: Familiar places. Unfamiliar times.

I’m a sucker for this kind of stuff. Familiar places, unfamiliar times.

Here’s a 1943 photo taken from around University and King, looking up towards Manoa Valley and the University of Hawaii Campus. The Varsity Theater looks like it was new, and there’s not much else visible.

It’s from a collection, “Old Hawaii,” on Tumblr. Click on the photo for a link to the rest. Great stuff.


Along the same theme…coming soon, “Hawaiians in Los Angeles.”

Publication Date: May 14, 2012 | Series: Images of America

Los Angeles is recognized as one of the most culturally diverse cities in the United States. Due to opportunities in the entertainment and aerospace industries, as well as easy access to the city’s busy ports, Los Angeles remains an attractive destination for people from around the world. Since the 1960s, Native Hawaiian families have taken part in this migration to Los Angeles, bringing their unique culture as well as heartbreaking stories of loss of their ancestral homeland. Approximately 8,500 Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders currently live within the city of Los Angeles and continue to retain a great pride for their ancestors and the contributions that have made them who they are today.

Getting in the mood, I just Googled for “old hawaii photographs,” and the search turned up quite a selection.

Here are a few of the links:

Hawaii War Records Depository

Photos by Jalna

Old Hawaii on Flickr

And, of course, lots of old stuff right here.

Please send along links to your favorite sources of old Hawaii.

6 responses to “Hawaii Photos: Familiar places. Unfamiliar times.

  1. I love old photos of Hawaii. Thanks for sharing the links.

  2. Swerve of Shore

    Thank you for sharing the link to the “Old Hawaii” photos. After watching the documentary about Clarence John Laughlin on PBS last night, I am very much in the mood for photographs documenting Hawaii in the days of yore. (Laughlin was a skilled architectural photographer who meticulously documented deteriorating plantation mansions in Louisiana. But he was not a magnolia-and-mint kind of guy: he photographed the slave cabins as well as the mansions. Perhaps he is best know for his book “Ghosts Along the Mississippi”.)

  3. Quite a few old Hawaii pictures are scattered throughout the website: judyvorfeld.com especially pertaining to the sugar industry but others as well (traffic cop under umbrella stand and the like).

  4. This photo was taken just above King St. at the intersection of Coyne St. and University Ave. When I was born, my family lived on Coyne, just behind what is now the Japanese Cultural Center. I remember going to the movies there as a young child, the family strolling down the street to go to the theater.

  5. Ka’ohao, (or Lanikai) photo is from about 1920. China Clipper shot is at Lagoon Drive.

  6. And yes, Thank you for sharing the link to the “Old Hawaii” photos. After the age of nine or so, I am very much in the mood for photographs documenting Hawaii in the days of yore.

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